Bad news for Frank Ntilikina
New York Knicks’ second-year point guard Frank Ntilikina had himself an impressive game last Friday night against the Golden State Warriors after scoring 17 points and once again playing very good defense on one of the best players in the world in Steph Curry.
Coming into the game, Ntilikina had never started at point guard for the Knicks and was only averaging just over 6 points per game this season.
Despite a great showing, Ntilikina won’t keep the starting point guard job.
Now that Emmanuel Mudiay is healthy and is expected to play on Monday night against the Brooklyn Nets after practicing on Sunday, Knicks’ head coach David Fizdale has stated that he will get a chance to start at the point.
Emmanuel Mudiay is probable for tomorrow’s game against the Nets. David Fizdale believes Mudiay is the best passer on the team and will eventually give him a chance to start at point guard, just not yet after missing opening six games of season with a sprained ankle.
— Stefan Bondy (@SBondyNYDN) October 28, 2018
Mudiay did very little to impress anyone in the preseason for the Knicks before suffering a sprained ankle in practice.
With Trey Burke playing alright and Ntilikina also not completely knocking the socks off of Fizdale, I guess Fizdale feels like he needs to give Mudiay a chance to start.
I’m sure Ntilikina supporters will be mad that Mudiay will get a chance to start at the point, but I got a feeling that Ntilikina will continue to start at either in the two or three spot.
The most important thing that Ntilikina needs to do is make sure he continue to improve as the season goes on. He will then likely remain New York’s starting point guard job.
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